I find it interesting how the style of clothes determines ones social status, especially in the south. I recently visited my home town of Charleston, South Carolina were I observed the separation of classes in the community as a whole. Don’t get me wrong.. everyone was friendly enough, respectful and there was an overall joviality in the atmosphere, but there was also a sense of entitlement. Which, truthfully speaking, can sometimes be bothersome to my nerves.
Let me just state that I love where I’m from and the people there. I’m a very social girl who primarily gets along with everyone as long as I’m not disrespected and you have a tolerable sense of character. Anyone who knows me can vouch for that. As long as your respectful and not deterring me from what needs to be done at that moment–and can hold a decent conversation– we’re good! Just saying. It just bothers me sometimes when I come across individuals who feel it necessary to point out the flaws of someone they’ve never met or even spoken to. I’ve fallen victim to this and have also acted in such a manner as to poke fun of people that have a different view of fashion as I do. I hope to vanquish such negativity from my life because karma is a bitch. Trust that I know this because she lives around the block from me and she’s sneaky as hell!
In the south though there are the good ol’ boys who wear khakis, polo shirts and those loafer type shoes that scream “I live for Tommy Hilfiger’s designs!” They tend to usually all hang together and are accustomed to country clubs, yacht clubs etc… You know the type I’m talking about. In NYC we have these types of people as well, but they just tend to wear suits. Then there’s the fashionista’s who are basically too busy focusing on what’s trending on Twitter to really care about anyone else unless someone is wearing something new, festive or hideously eye catching. They seem to flock to a corner and giggle at any and everything or are striking a pose so that everyone can notice their wear and/or cosmetic surgeries. I live for them though because they tend to have the best gossip.. along with other things. lol! Just saying! Let’s not forget the ”common” folk that basically dress in attire that they feel comfortable in and seem to have an air of carelessness for others’ thoughts or reactions to them and their actions. They’re confident in their own skin and live for themselves. Not to suggest that the aforementioned don’t, it just seems they’re more vain and are comfortable with being so, which is also perfectly fine. Mind you that I could’ve broken this down to an even more specific group of people but I’m trying to keep this short and accurate, and semi-vague as possible. I’m really not trying to offend anyone but this is what I’ve observed.
What I’ve come to understand is that although these groups of people generally live a similar lifestyle, there is always a thought of superiority. May it be financial, social status, knowledge, morality, maybe even religion. I just have this belief that it shouldn’t matter what you’re wearing or any of this material stuff because we all are going to lose it one day. The people we’ve met, the impact to the general society and the way we’ve conducted ourselves in our everyday lives are the most important in our existence. Live your life to the fullest, forget trying to please everyone (which is easier said than done!), be as civil as you can to those in your presence instead of turning an upward nose, and always be true to yourself. In the end, it’s your life and you’re the one who has to answer for it eventually. I’m just saying!